Desk Hygiene – The Facts

With the help of an infographic, here are some quite surprising stats on desk hygiene. Here is a small summary of the points covered…

  • Unhygienic working conditions are a ‘key contributor’ to millions of working days lost to sickness each year
  • More than 10 million bacteria lurk on the average office desk with 7,500 organisms hidden in your keyboard
  • 2/3 office workers work at their desk
  • 1/5 office workers don’t clean their desk before eating

We’ve all been guilty of grabbing some lunch at our desk, but not many of us are aware of the bacteria we are harbouring by doing so.

10 creepy cockroach facts you wish you didn’t know

  1. A cockroach can live for a week without its head. Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments. It only dies because it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.
  2. A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes, and can even survive being submerged underwater for half an hour. 
  3. Cockroaches can run up to 5kmph.
  4. Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days. 
  5. A one-day-old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, can run almost as fast as its parents.
  6. Some cockroaches have shown an attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
  7. The world’s largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan. 
  8. Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.
  9. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide.

Because they are cold-blooded insects, cockroaches can live without food for one month, but will only survive one week without water.

5 Benefits of Floor Mats

From optimising workforce productivity to enhancing workplace safety, industrial floor mats add invaluable functional values to workplaces. 

Although there are many different types of industrial mats, almost all of them offer the same benefits. These include:

1. Anti-Fatigue Comfort

Anti-fatigue mats for wet & dry areas are usually designed as meshes without any backing to allow moisture drainage or seepage. Many anti-fatigue mats are also slip-resistant to avoid accidental falls and they feature rough anti-slip grit surfaces for traction. Although many anti-fatigue mats share similar properties, there are special models that are optimized for functional performance in specific industries.

2. Safety Messages

There are special types of industrial mats that feature graphical safety messages on their surfaces. Often marketed as logo mats, these mats provide the desired aesthetic effect but can also have various safety messages as well as re-enforce a brand logo or brand messaging.

3. Floor Protection

Some industrial mats are designed to keep the floors in production environments and other industrial sites from getting damaged through chipping, staining or scratching in high traffic areas. They have special design features like traction treads and antimicrobial treatment. 

4. Industry-Specific Protection

Designed to provide safety and protection in risk-prone production environments, industry-specific protection mats are considered among the most functional industrial mats. These mats offer protection against special workplace hazards and risks. One type of industry-specific protection mats is the welding safe mat. These mats are specially designed to ensure that welders are safe from electrical shocks and electrostatic discharge (ESD). 

5. Grease, Oil & Chemical-Resistance

Like all the other aforementioned functional properties, grease, oil and chemical resistance is a shared quality in almost all industrial mats. These mats have features such as cell-blended top cushions, a vinyl backing and drain-through holes are integral in attaining this resistance.